I am so happy to have Barbara Garren, author of Phasms: Infinite Potential on the blog today! I asked Barbara about the music that inspired her while writing Phasms. Here is a sneak peek into her playlist:
Music is a huge inspiration when I write. Although the original concept for Phasms: Infinite Potential stems from an incident in my real life, it’s the music I listen to while writing that makes the story, the characters and the concept come together.
Once I have the premise ironed out, I build a playlist of songs that propel the story forward. Sometimes it’s the rhythm, sometimes the lyrics. Sometimes it’s something so intangible, I just want to grab hold and convey the feeling in the words I’m writing.
For Phasms, I had the dilemma of making sure the reader understood the depth of Kelsi’s loss without bogging the book down in so much grief, they wouldn’t want to read on.
The book really took off when I pulled two songs from the band FUEL. The first, “Leave the Memories Alone,” is a soulful ballad of love lost but not forgotten. It’s about remembering what you’ve lost and finding a way to savor those memories without falling into total despair.
The second song, “Falls on Me,” is a song of hope, of learning and building from the beauty of love, no matter how ugly or jaded the circumstances surrounding the end of that love. It’s about allowing your self to fall into the black hole of depression and climbing back out. About finding the strength you need to carry on.
I think most people are surprised when they find out the music I listen to and how important it is to my story and character development. I have a mix of Staind, Burn Season, Nickelback, Shinedown, Social Distortian, Tantric, Stereoside and Oleander on the playlist for books 1 and 2.
I’ve added some and taken some away, but when I heard “Is Your Love Strong Enough” by How to Destroy Angels (from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack), I knew it would set the theme for the final book in the trilogy. It’s achingly haunting, eerily beautiful and absolutely the song I needed to finish things up. And no! That’s not a spoiler!
Infinite Potential by Barbara Garren
February 24, 2014
Kelsi always Knows when bad things are coming, but even she never thought she’d lose her husband at only twenty-three. Since he died, she’s been living her worst nightmare.
Her nights are filled with dreams of a Dark Haired Man, but her days are full of guilt, because the Man fills her with longing and confusion, promising to give her all she needs, all she wants, all she feared she’d never have again.
If only the dreams would stay in her head where they belong.
Kelsi starts seeing the Dark Haired Man in her waking life, shadowing her wherever she goes. And when her mysterious new neighbor, Aiden Hardt, knows about the Man in her dreams, Kelsi worries she can’t trust her own mind.
He’s not what he seems.
But even Aiden’s cryptic words don’t frighten her as much as the way she feels around him. Kelsi must sort through her emotions and figure out what’s real before she can ever hope to have a normal life again.
About the Author
Barbara was born and raised in Southern California, but left to explore the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. After traveling the world, she forced herself to live a humble life in in San Francisco, New York and Norfolk, Virginia. She now calls San Diego home and you won’t pry her out with a crowbar.
She would be the first to tell you her husband, Henry, is the inspiration for all the romance, and the real Charlie – who is as cute as he sounds in her books – is a terrorist. When not working for the U.S. Navy, she can be found running, reading or writing. She firmly believes a well rounded diet consists of coffee, scotch, chocolate, popcorn and Luna Bars. In that order.
She’s a graduate of CUNY and Penn State – and manages to write a decent line here and there despite those burdens.
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